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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013) (presenter)
  • U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012) (presenter)
  • Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012) (presenter)
  • American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012) (moderator)
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011) (presenter)
  • Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011) (presenter)

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April 7, 2016

Tressi Cordaro Discusses Handling OSHA Citations

April 7, 2016

Tressi Cordaro’s advice to Intelivert on handling OSHA citations is quoted in “Legal Experts Weigh In: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way,” published by EHS Today. Subcription may be required to view article. Read More

March 21, 2016

Tressi Cordaro and Nickole Winnett Discuss Strategies for Handling OSHA Citations

March 21, 2016

Tressi Cordaro and Nickole Winnett discuss strategies for handling OSHA citations in "16 Legal Tips: Handling OSHA Citations the Right Way," published by Intelivert. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

October 28, 2015
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Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Proposed Recordkeeping Rule

October 28, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's proposed recordkeeping rule in Bloomberg BNA's "Employers Target OSHA Proposed Record-Keeping Rule." Subscription may be required to view article       Read More

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April 5, 2016

OSHA, Focusing on Meat Processing Industry, Launches Emphasis Programs for Three Midwestern States

April 5, 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched emphasis programs in three Midwestern states in an effort to reduce injuries and illnesses that government data show have affected 7.5 percent of employees in the meat processing industry there. A regional emphasis program (REP) consisting of outreach and education... Read More

February 26, 2016

OSHA Enforcement Program Targets Midwest Manufacturing Industries

February 26, 2016

Manufacturing industries with elevated injury and illness rates in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska face an increased probability of getting a comprehensive safety and health inspection as a result of an initiative launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on January 25. Under a Regional Emphasis Program (REP)... Read More

February 9, 2016

Congress Reacts to Obama Administration Moves on Joint Employer Liability

February 9, 2016

The Republican leadership of a congressional oversight committee has started investigating inter-agency communications in response to the Obama Administration’s attempts to hold business franchisors accountable for labor law violations of their franchisees. Last August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a highly... Read More

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Current Inspections Could Result in Citations with Increased Penalties
April 20, 2016

Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 OSHA is required to increase civil penalties for the first time since 1990 and a one-time catch-up adjustment will occur in August 2016. Read More

Injuries of Intoxicated or Drugged Employees Recordable
April 19, 2016

In a recent interpretation letter, an employer posed the following scenario and question to OSHA: As the result of a workplace accident resulting in an injury to an employee that required medical treatment, a post-accident drug and alcohol test was administered. Read More

OSHA Reports on Findings from Severe Injury Reporting Program
March 28, 2016

As of January 1, 2015, employers have been required to report any work-related amputation, in-patient hospitalization, or loss of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours of the incident. Read More